Postdoctoral Scholar Position in the Molecular Neuroscience Unit

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Researcher (Postdoctoral Scholar), Molecular Neuroscience Unit (Prof. Terenzio,

Position summary

We are looking for highly motivated scientists with a background in Cellular Biology, Neuronal Biology and/or animal behavior to join the Molecular Neuroscience Unit at the OIST. The ideal candidate should be familiar with cell and molecular biology techniques and mouse handling. Familiarity with statistical software (prism or R) is required, knowledge of image analysis and programming (Matlab or Python) is not necessary, but preferable.

The successful applicant is expected to lead a collaborative, generously-funded project exploring how molecular motors dynamics (including translation) affects neuronal survival and regeneration. Our main focus is the understanding of the mechanisms underlying the correct localization of signaling complexes by molecular transport and/or local protein synthesis and how this affects neuronal homeostasis and pathology.

We seek dynamic and motivated people with the ability to integrate in a small, young team. To this extent, shortlisted applicants may be invited to visit the OIST for an interview meeting before any decisions are made.


1919‐1 Tancha, Onna‐son, Okinawa, Japan 904-0495


1. Developing new models to study molecular motors dynamics in axons.

2. Planning and executing experimental research independently and in collaboration with the team.

3. Image and data analysis


  1. A PhD in relevant disciplines, such as biosciences and/or neuroscience.
  2. A record of research and publication activity.
  3. Prior experience with animal handling, molecular biology and cell culture.
  4. Motivation to learn new techniques and approaches.
  5. Ability to integrate in a team, manage complex data, record-keeping, and planning experimental schedules.
  6. Good written and spoken English proficiency.

Report to 

Professor Marco Terenzio/Molecular Neuroscience Unit

Starting Date 

April 2020

Term & Working Hours 

Term: Full-time, appointment up to total of 3 years with review at the end of the 1st year.

Working hours: 9:00-17:30 (discretionary).

Compensation & Benefits 

Compensation in accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulations


  • Relocation, housing and commuting allowances
  • Annual paid leave and summer holidays
  • Health insurance (Private School Mutual Aid )
  • Welfare pension insurance (kousei-nenkin)
  • Worker’s accident compensation insurance (roudousha-saigai-hoshou-hoken)

How To Apply 

Apply by emailing your Submission Documents to:


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Submission Documents 

All the documents should be in English (and Japanese if possible).

  • Curriculum vitae (No more than 2 pages).
  • Cover letter (no more than 1 page).
  • A research interests letter (no more than 1 page).
  • Names and contact information of 2 referees, one of which should be a previous employer.

* Please be sure to indicate where you first saw the job advertisement.

Application Due Date 

Applications will be screened upon arrival and the call will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.


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